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Mentoring organizations impact mentors, too

Ellison, R. L., Cory, M., Horwath, J., Barnett, A., & Huppert, E. (2020). Can mentor organizations impact mentor outcomes? Assessing organizational norms on mentor intent to stay and willingness to “go the extra mile.” Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22391 Summarized by Monica Arkin  Notes of Interest: While most youth mentoring research focuses on youth outcomes, […]

How mentors and mentoring programs can support mentees’ ethnic/racial identity

By Bernadette Sánchez & Aerika Brittian Loyd  In light of recent media coverage on murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd (and many others) and the resulting protests across the nation, supporting the positive ethnic/racial identity of youth of color, especially Black youth, is more urgent than ever. The senseless killing of Black […]

Singing bill to help mentoring causes.

Public housing after-school programs could get boost if AHEAD bill passes

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today Editor’s Note: We often think of mentoring programs based out of schools, libraries, or YMCA’s. Having after-school programs connected with public housing authorities has the potential to open doors for youth who aren’t able to attend because of after school responsibilities. The AHEAD bill, now before Congress, could expand such […]

Five strategies for making stronger connections, backed by research

by Jean Rhodes Care for some direct, research-based ideas for connecting with others?  I’d recommend a book that distills the essential findings of many studies.  Friend and Foe, by Business Professors Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer or Columbia and University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Compiled by Eric Barker, the authors provide evidence-based strategies for handling the everyday relationship tensions and difficulties. Some […]

It's mentoring month!

It’s National Mentoring Month!

It’s National Mentoring Month, and today is “I Am A Mentor Day”! This is a great time to get involved in mentoring however you feel that you can, whether that’s seeking out a mentee, or making a donation to one of many mentoring organizations across the country! MENTOR has more information on how you can […]

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How this understudied aspect of a mentoring relationship might influence its quality

Preston, E. G., & Raposa, E. B. (2019). A Two-way Street: Mentor Stress and Depression Influence Relational Satisfaction and Attachment in Youth Mentoring Relationships. American Journal of Community Psychology, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12412 Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: This study subverts the traditional approach for examining mentoring dyads and looks at how different psycho-social factors […]

When mentors and mentees communicate, what role does self-disclosure have?

Dutton, K.L. Deane, P. Bullen, Opening up: An exploration of youth mentor self- disclosure using laboratory-based direct observation, Children and Youth Services Review (2019), doi: https:// doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104654 Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: These authors sought to understand how communication, a crucial element of building strong relationships, occurred in a mentoring context. Specifically, they […]

Older workers with the “right job” have fewer health troubles, can act as mentors

By Amy McCaig, Futurity Staying in the wrong job can be bad for the health of older people and push them into early retirement, research suggests. The researchers found that when older workers’ reasoning abilities matched well with their job demands, they reported fewer chronic health problems than when they couldn’t keep up. And when […]

These tools help coach college youth aged out of foster care to develop relationships

By Yvonne Unrau, Youth Today What does it take to engage students who age out of foster care into supportive relationships on the college campus? It helps to understand that relationships formed with supportive adults, such as caseworkers, foster parents, guardians ad litem and other professionals, while in foster care can change frequently for youth, […]

Mentors make the difference

High-achieving DACA recipients had help along the way from families and communities After studying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients for seven years, Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor Roberto Gonzales has seen, through their eyes, all the good and bad of the landmark immigration policy. Every story is different, and while DACA recipients […]